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Foreign Affairs: A Novel

3 Ratings: 4.3
A book by Alison Lurie

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE    Virginia Miner, a fifty-something, unmarried tenured professor, is in London to work on her new book about children’s folk rhymes. Despite carrying a U.S. passport, Vinnie feels essentially English … see full wiki

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Author: Alison Lurie
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
3 reviews about Foreign Affairs: A Novel
review by . May 08, 2013
Alison Lurie's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a work that explores love and all its complexities through two polar opposite academics who teach at the same ivy league school: the factitious Corinth University.    One academic is the aging spinster professor, Virginia Miner, a published scholar who also happens to be a respected expert in the study of children's literature, with a particular emphasis on nursery and playground rhymes. An Anglophile at heart, she feels more at …
review by . July 04, 2008
Alison Lurie's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a work that explores love and all its complexities through two polar opposite academics who teach at the same ivy league school: the factitious Corinth University.    One academic is the aging spinster professor, Virginia Miner, a published scholar who also happens to be a respected expert in the study of children's literature, with a particular emphasis on nursery and playground rhymes. An Anglophile at heart, she feels more at …
review by . February 10, 2008
This book won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1984. While there is nothing particularly profound about it, it is a very readable, well-paced addition to the 'academics abroad' genre. The story is reminiscent of David Lodge's excellent "Changing Places". However, where Lodge's two academics are English and American transplants, respectively, Lurie follows the progress of two American academics, each on a 6-month leave in London.    One of the pleasures of this particular genre …
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